Samsung is expected to announce three new models from the S23 series at the beginning of 2023 and they will surely compete with other rivals for the best smartphone on the market. Of course, to buy such beasts, one will have to pay a formidable sum of money, and when splashing the cash, certain safety guarantees are to be asked for, such as screen protection and waterproof quality level. And this pulls the question…
Of course! Like most flagship phones on the market, the upcoming S23 will have the best waterproof protection available, and that’s IP68. How good is that? Read on to find out.
IP (International Protection) is the basic designation for resistance. The IP standard was created by the International Electrotechnical Commission. This mark determines how resistant the device is to prevent foreign objects from entering its interior such as water, dirt, sand, dust, and others. It also shows how the device reacts to temperature, air pressure, electric and physical shock, and the like. When it comes to water resistance, it refers exclusively to fresh water, and never to other liquids such as salt water, soda, beer, coffee...
Not all mobile phones, smartwatches, and other devices have the same degree of water resistance, so you must read the specification carefully. There are waterproof devices, completely waterproof, and those that are only resistant to getting wet with water. That is, some phones or watches, for example, can be in the water for a certain amount of time, while another model tolerates only a small amount of water droplets or snowflakes. Each device is therefore marked differently with an IP mark and based on this we can see how much we can expose them to water or dust.
The numbers next to the IP indicate how resistant the device is. The first number next to the IP mark indicates the degree of protection against dust, and the second number against liquids. If you see the label IPX it means that the manufacturer has not tested the device for both things and the number has been replaced by the letter X.
The first number after the IP indicates resistance to solid substances, such as dust and the like.
IP 0 X – protection does not exist.
IP 1 X – the device is protected against particles larger than 50 mm.
IP 2 X – the device is protected against particles larger than 12.5 mm.
IP 3 X – the device is protected against particles larger than 2.5 mm.
IP 4 X – the device is protected against particles larger than 1 mm.
IP 5 X – the device is protected from dust in the amount that would make its operation impossible.
IP 6 X - the device is completely protected from dust penetrating the device.
The second number written next to the IP mark shows how much protection it has against water and liquids.
IP X 0 - This means that the device is not protected and is not resistant to water, so you must not get it wet.
IP X 1 – the device is protected against water droplets. A few drops of water won't hurt the device if you accidentally splash it a little.
IP X 2 – the device is resistant to a small number of water drops coming vertically or at an angle of 15 degrees.
IP X 3 – the device is protected against splashing water when tilted at an angle of 60 degrees from the normal position, that is, it can withstand a little heavier rain.
IP X 4 – the device is protected from splashing water regardless of the angle.
IP X 5 – the device is protected for 3 minutes against water splashing from a hose with a diameter of 6.3 mm (12.5 liters per minute) from a distance of 3 m.
IP X 6 – the device is protected for 3 minutes against water splashing from a hose with a diameter of 12.5 mm (100 liters per minute) from a distance of 3 m. It is protected against strong jets of water.
IP X 6K - the device is protected for 3 minutes against water spraying from a hose with a diameter of 6.3 mm (75 liters per minute) from a distance of 3 m under the same pressure as that created by a hydrant.
All marks after IPX6 mean that the device is completely waterproof. The two leading grades are seven and eight. This means that the device can be submerged for a maximum of half an hour in up to one meter of water and up to 1.5 meters.
IP X 7 – the device is protected from immersion in water up to a depth of one meter for half an hour.
IP X 8 - according to the specifications specified by the manufacturer, the device is protected against submersion in water up to a depth of 1 meter, or deeper.
IP X 9X - from a distance of 0.10 to 0.15 meters, the device is protected against splashing water of high pressure and temperature.
Additional letter markings indicate additional protection against:
H – high voltage
f – resistance to oil
W - resistance to all weather conditions
M – means protection against any movements during testing
For example: if a device has an IP45 mark, the first number 4 means dust resistance, and the second number 5 means water resistance. If the device is only water resistant, then for example it will only say IPX5 and the number 5 indicates the level of water resistance. If the dust resistance and water resistance ratings are the same, the printer is IP5.
Swimming with your phone is not recommended. Phones are tested in laboratory conditions and therefore it is not recommended to swim in a pool where there are many chemical substances for water purification. For the same reason, swimming in the sea is not recommended, because the water is full of salt.
There you have it. With the protection rating of IP68, Samsung's S23 series will have the best protection for mobile phones at the moment. And while it is great, taking good care is advisable. Although the phone may survive being submerged in water (under certain conditions), it is not advisable doing this on purpose. The point of waterproof protection is for phones to survive accidents. You don’t want your new fantastic S23 to go to waste for a few photos, do you?